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Cool New Legal Sources Online. Mary Minow, J.D., A.M.L.S. LibraryLaw.com Deirdre Benedict Judicial Council of California Administrative Office of the Courts. Thursday October 21, 2010 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. Legal Disclaimer. Legal information Not legal advice!. Agenda.

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Cool New Legal Sources Online

Mary Minow, J.D., A.M.L.S. LibraryLaw.com

Deirdre Benedict Judicial Council of California Administrative Office of the Courts

Thursday October 21, 2010

12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m


Legal Disclaimer

  • Legal information

  • Not legal advice!


Agenda

  • Legal information, not advice

  • Self help

  • Searching beyond Google

  • Law 2.0 and emerging tools


Legal Information, Not Advice

Legal information

Facts about law and the legal process

Legal advice

Advice about the course of action someone should take to further his or her own best interests

Public Libraries and Access to Justice: What Public Librarians Can Do


Don’t advise what to do.

Legal information

Show websites, indexes

Legal advice

Recommend specific options,

Opinions, conjecture, predictions

Public Libraries and Access to Justice: What Public Librarians Can Do


Online Forms

Okay to help navigate forms.

However, patron should:

*choose form

*supply all information

*click SUBMIT

www.courtinfo.ca.gov/forms/


Southern California Association of Law Libraries

Locating the Law / Public Access to Legal Information www.aallnet.org/chapter/scall/locating.htm


Attorney ReferralsBar Associations

Bar Association referrals $$$

National

www.abanet.org/legalservices/lris/directory/

California

www.calbar.ca.gov/Public/LawyerReferralServicesLRS.aspx

Local County Bar Referrals


Attorney ReferralsLegal Aid/Pro Bono Services

Legal Services ¢¢¢ Free legal services for those who qualify

National

www.lsc.gov/map/index.php

California www.dca.ca.gov/publications/guide/legal_index.shtml


Self Help

Way to provide this assistance -

point users to reputable sources

www.calegaladvocates.org/libraries/


Main “Go-To” Web Sites

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  • California Courts

  • Local Courts

  • Local Public Law Libraries

  • LawHelp California


California Courts Web Site

Supreme Court and Appellate

Court Opinions

California Court Forms

Links to All Superior Courts

California Self-Help Center/

Centro de Ayuda

www.courtinfo.ca.gov


Free, legal assistance

from your local court for

specific issues

Workshops & document

review

www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp/


Self Help Center

www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp

Overview of the process in many

area of law in plain English

(and complete Spanish translation)

Legal glossary

Information on how to resolve

disputes without going to court

(Alternative Dispute Resolution)

Reliable search engine


Local Court Web Sites

www.sfsuperiorcourt.org/index.aspx?page=24


Local Court Web Sites


Local Court Web Sites


cc-courthelp.org/


Local Public Law Library

www.publiclawlibrary.org

Links to all county law

libraries

Extensive legal research

information

Resources and links

Ask Now! Get real time

answers to legal

questions


Local Law Library Web Sites

www.saclaw.lib.ca.us/


  • Referrals by subject matter

  • Covers federal issues—

    bankruptcy, immigration, federal taxes

  • Multiple languages

  • Geared for low-income Californians


Self Help

I did time for an assault three years

ago. I want to get it off my record.

How do I do that?

Public Libraries and Access to Justice: What Public Librarians Can Do


Self Help

My daughter is 17 and she wants to

“divorce” her mother.

How does she do that?

Public Libraries and Access to Justice: What Public Librarians Can Do


Searching Beyond Google

Nolo.com


Primary Law

The Free Law Coalition, comprised of The Legal Information Institute and Justia.com, hosted by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Information

Also is a good guide to secondary resources

freelaw.classcaster.net/research-resources/secondary-sources/


Authenticity warning

www.aallnet.org/committee/eliac/AuthReportUpdate.html

www.nocall.org/links/california.html


U.S. Code

www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/


U.S. Regulations

www.gpoaccess.gov/cfr/


U.S. Court Cases


Unofficial,

but easy to search

scholar.google.com/


dd

Ease of click

Go directly to case or article citing your case


Law 2.0 and Emerging Tools

Vision for distributed, authenticated repository for all raw materials in U.S. – all three branches, all fifty states, local government

For good background, see Carol Ebbinghouse, Information Today

Aug 23, 2010

newsbreaks.infotoday.com/NewsBreaks/LawGov-Issues-Principles-and-Declaration-69521.asp

resource.org/law.gov/


Court filings

www.recapthelaw.org/


www.whitehouse.gov/open/innovations


govpulse.us/


legalbirds.justia.com/


Rss Feeds (lots)

/www.opencongress.org/

news.justia.com/cases/library/


Blawgs, Tweets, Podcasts, LegalTube

www.lawsitesblog.com


Legal Research Apps

AALL Awards Fastcase

2010 New Product of the Year Award

UCLA Law Library tinyurl.com/24jefw3


Summary

  • Legal information, not advice

  • Self help

  • Searching beyond Google

  • Law 2.0 and emerging tools


Questions?


Thanks for listening!

Mary Minow, J.D., A.M.L.S. LibraryLaw.com

Deirdre Benedict Judicial Council of California Administrative Office of the Courts

Thursday October 21, 2010

12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m


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